Harry swipe for nervy Spurs

22 January 2009 07:28
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has again accused his squad of lacking character and commitment after they scraped into the Carling Cup Final at the expense of Burnley. Spurs had looked to have one foot already in the Wembley showpiece as they arrived at the Championship club on Wednesday evening with a 4-1 first-leg advantage. But Burnley refused to be downbeat and gradually pegged back their stunned Premier League opponents before forcing extra-time after leading 3-0 on the night. Late goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jermain Defoe secured an aggregate 6-4 victory for Spurs and confirmed the holders' passage back to the final. However speaking after the final whistle, Redknapp was angry with his struggling side, who remain locked in a relegation battle for league survival. "There is a big sense of relief because it looked game over with a few minutes to go," he said. "I was stood there thinking it could be the most embarrassing night of my football life. "Burnley played ever so well, they passed the ball well and played with so much enthusiasm, but they didn't have that many chances. "It's a hard job I have on here, believe you me. "I keep saying that we need stronger players in here because we're not mentally or physically strong enough." Meanwhile, Redknapp has admitted he will send a "weak" side to Manchester United on Saturday for their FA Cup fourth round tie. "We're in a relegation battle and I can't risk (Jamie) O'Hara, (Jonathan) Woodgate and (Michael) Dawson at Old Trafford in the cup," he added. "It's a challenge and it can't get any worse. When I took we had two points from eight games but Stoke (next Tuesday) is a massive game for us."

Source: ESA